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Department Head and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA

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  • Department Head and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA

    About the Position:

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a tenured, full professor to head the Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a related field, and a proven track record in research and service. Administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management are highly desirable. Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are a must. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards and are expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. Successful candidates should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance diversity. Experience teaching and working in an academic environment is highly desired, and experience working in or with industry is a plus. Successful candidates will work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to:

    (1) provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen its research and teaching and to enhance collaboration with other programs across campus;
    (2) oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development;
    (3) promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, in particular in the area of educational innovation;
    (4) facilitate a world-class environment for research in Mechanical Engineering with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies;
    (5) administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities of academic and adjunct faculty;
    (6) represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels;
    (7) oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students;
    (8) lead fund-raising for departmental activities, budget preparation, and management; and
    (9) teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

    Successful candidates will be excited to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and leaders, and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks candidates who will contribute to growing the Department’s research and education focused on society’s major challenges related to earth, energy, environment, and sustainability. For further information about the position or the Department vision, please contact Prof. Peter Aaen (search chair) at

    About the Department, Mines, and Golden:

    Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is focused on education and both basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interest in the areas of thermal-fluid systems, systems/operations engineering, advanced manufacturing, biomechanics, robotics automation, and solid mechanics and materials. Our undergraduate enrollment in Mechanical Engineering is 1,373, with approximately 22.5% women and 18% underrepresented students. We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$12M in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Approximately 250 graduate students (19% women, 18% underrepresented) study within a broad research portfolio. Major specialty programs for undergraduate and graduate students include aerospace engineering, robotics, automotive engineering, bio-mechanics, and systems engineering/operations research. More information can be found at and

    Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility (

    Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit

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